Articles | Volume 17, issue 3
Research article
17 Feb 2020
Research article |  | 17 Feb 2020

Soil carbon release responses to long-term versus short-term climatic warming in an arid ecosystem

Hongying Yu, Zhenzhu Xu, Guangsheng Zhou, and Yaohui Shi

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Climate change severely impacts grassland carbon cycling, especially in arid ecosystems, such as desert steppes. The current results highlight the great dependence of soil carbon emission on warming regimes of different duration and the important role of precipitation pulse during growing season in assessing the terrestrial ecosystem carbon balance and cycle.
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